Clemens Heil © David Röthlisberger
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Clemens Heil © David Röthlisberger
Luzerner Theater Opera Ensemble and Chorus | Lucerne Symphony Orchestra | Clemens Heil et al.
(Mark Daver chorus master)
A coproduction of the Luzerner Theater
“From heaven through the world to hell.” Or from the Luzerner Theater through the Marktplatz to the Jesuitenkirche and back. The audience moves about among these locations, accompanying Faust on his journey from his study to heavenly apotheosis − and roaming along the Faustian path that encompasses the quest for knowledge, ecstasy, and redemption. Written over a period of almost ten years, Schumann’s Scenes from Goethe’s “Faust” combines elements from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust Parts I and II. In keeping with the Faustian search for meaning, the events are associative and laid out in a fragmentary style, concentrating on the title hero’s gradual decline. Schumann’s musical-theatrical approach to Goethe’s epochal drama is at the same time also his legacy: shortly after completing the score, the composer was admitted to a psychiatric hospital.
Luzerner Kantorei © Ingo Höhn
Lucerne Boys’ Choir
Founded in 1992, the Lucerne Kantorei, which today consists of the Lucerne Boys’ Choir and the Lucerne Girls’ Choir, offers children from Central Switzerland the opportunity to train their voices and to sing in a professionally led chorus. The members receive individual training suited to their age, which also includes weekly individual instruction in voice training. This work takes place in elementary and coaching choruses, at times divided according to gender; there is a large concert chorus, a chamber chorus, and a “men’s ensemble” for singers aged 14 to 20 whose voices have broken. The focus of the repertoire that is studied is on sacred music works of all eras, which are performed as part of the liturgies at the Jesuitenkirche and also at choral concerts and on celebratory occasions. The various Lucerne Kantorei groups have performed at LUCERNE FESTIVAL, the Davos Festival Young Artists in Concert, and the Bregenz Festival; selected boy soloists regularly sing on the opera stages of Switzerland and neighboring countries. Since August 2000 Eberhard Rex has served as Artistic Director of the Lucerne Kantorei. He studied church music at the Music Academy of Trossingen (Baden-Württemberg), focusing on the areas of organ (with Gerd Witte), conducting (with Manfred Schreier), and voice (with Josef Sinz). During his training he began to become intensively involved in pedagogy and children’s vocal training – a focus that he put into practice as choral director of the renowned Aurelius Children’s Choirs in Calw and of the ARTEvocale, the Calw girls’ choir. In addition he has conducted opera and oratorio projects and has made various recordings on CD and radio.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 28 March 1999 in works by Mozart and Pärt, conducted by Alois Koch.
Lucerne Symphony Orchestra © Christian Flierl
Lucerne Symphony Orchestra
The Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, which was founded in 1806, is one of the oldest orchestras in Switzerland. In addition to the various concert series that it presents at the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern (KKL), the orchestra performs in all of the opera productions at the Luzerner Theater. Its seasons are devoted not only to the Classical and Romantic repertoire but also regularly include rarities and contemporary works. For example, in recent years it has presented newly commissioned scores by Wolfgang Rihm, Sofia Gubaidulina, Marc-André Dalbavie, Pascal Dusapin, Thomas Adès, and Fazıl Say. Since September 2011, the American James Gaffigan has served as music director. Other conductors who have had a major presence in recent seasons include Matthias Bamert, Andrey Boreyko, Peter Eötvös, Hannu Lintu, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, and Leonard Slatkin. Jonathan Nott, who was music director from 1997 to 2002, also regularly returns to the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. Among the acclaimed soloists who perform in the subscription series are Martha Argerich, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Isabelle Faust, Vilde Frang, Kirill Gerstein, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, Gidon Kremer, Truls Mørk, and Maria João Pires. The orchestra’s artistry has been documented on recordings of works by Brahms, Bernstein, Dutilleux, Dvořák, Krenek, Gubaidulina, Rihm, Saint-Saëns, Say, Schreker, and Weill; their most recent release, from the fall of 2017, is a complete Beethoven piano concerto cycle with Oliver Schnyder. The musicians regularly travel as well. In the summer of 2016 they undertook a tour to four Asian countries, and in the spring of 2017 they performed at the Bogotá International Music Festival. Guest performances during the 2017-18 season included concerts at the Ravinia Festival in the United States and the Festival de Besançon, as well as in Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, St. Petersburg, London, Paris, and Moscow.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 23 August 1993, with Vladimir Kiradjiev conducting works by Schnittke.
July 2018Other dates
Clemens Heil © David Röthlisberger/Kevin Graber
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Benedikt von Peter © Ingo Hoehn
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Rebecca Krynski Cox
Rebecca Krynski Cox
Die amerikanische Sopranistin Rebecca Krynski Cox studierte klassischen Gesang an der University of South Carolina sowie an der Manhattan School of Music in New York, wo sie bereits wichtige Bühnenerfahrungen machen konnten: als Massenets Thaïs, als Rosina in Coriglianos The Ghosts of Versailles oder als Foirdiligi in Così fan tutte. Sie wurde mehrfach ausgezeichet, u. a. mit dem Ersten Preis der Eisenberg-Fried Competition (2013). Seit der Spielzeit 2017/18 ist Rebecca Krynski Cox festes Ensemblemitglied am Luzerner Theater, wo sie als Alice Ford in Falstaff, als Erste Dame in der Zauberflöte und als Gretchen in Schumanns Faust-Szenen zu erleben war. Weitere Engagements führten sie u. a. an die Santa Fe Opera (Gräfin in Capriccio und Sara in der Uraufführung von Jennifer Higdons Cold Mountain), an die Kentucky Opera (Violetta in La traviata), an die New York City Opera (Amaltea in Rossinis Mosé in Egitto) und an die Des Moines Metro Opera (Micaëla in Brooks/Bizets La Tragédie de Carmen). An der New Yorker Metropolitan Opera trat sie in einem Workshop in Nico Muhlys Two Boys auf.
Bass-baritone Vuyani Mlinde began studying voice in his native South Africa before winning a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London and at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School. From 2007 to 2009 he was a member of the Young Artist Programme of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; in 2010 he joined the ensemble of Frankfurt Opera, where Mlinde has so far appeared in productions of Mozart’s Figaro and The Magic Flute, Verdi’s Don Carlo, Puccini’s Tosca, and Ildebrando Pizzetti’s Murder in the Cathedral. As a concert performer, Mlinde also has such high-profile credits as performances of Haydn’s The Creation under John Eliot Gardiner at Carnegie Hall in New York and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, as well as at the Pisa Festival; he has also performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the London Symphony Orchestra, likewise conducted by Gardiner, in London, Paris, and Madrid.
August 2011Other dates
Introduction with Brigitte Heusinger (in German) | 20:15 Uhr | Luzerner Theater